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The best plant nurseries in Sydney

We got our hands dirty and dug up the best garden centres for populating your home with green

By Claire Finneran

Thinking of starting or adding to your collection of house plants? These plant shops and nurseries have everything you need from on-trend indoor foliage and low-maintenance greenery to nourishing soil and pots that double as decoration. If you've got a case of the black thumb, the knowledgeable staff at these nurseries are your best resource for plant care know-how. 

Can't bear shops? Nearly every local suburban market has a plant selling stall for you to browse. Our hot tips are the leaf-laden tables of Marrickville Markets, Campsie Markets, Kings Cross Markets and the occasional gem in the backwaters of Paddy’s Market.

If you want to skip the hassle of shopping and carrying, may we suggest the savvy delivery of Leaf Supply. Or, skip the gardening altogether and decorate with blooms from the best boutique florists in Sydney.

If this has got you in the mood for some plants 'in the wild' why not check out the best public gardens you can visit in and around Sydney.

Where to buy plants in Sydney

Growing Friends at RBG
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1. Growing Friends’ Nursery

Shopping Sydney

The Royal Botanic Gardens is a great place to get lost and if you’ve ever meandered a little too far beyond the succulent garden you may have stumbled across the rows of seedlings in their publicly accessible nursery. Specialising in natives, you can pick up a baby plant propagated by volunteers from the garden’s living collection for as little as $2.50, smug in the knowledge that you are the parent of a rare botanical species. The money raised from the nursery goes back into the garden’s conservation efforts too. Extra smug points.

Flower Power
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2. Flower Power

Shopping Mascot

This is a mega-market for plant hunters. They have all the supplies, soils and accessories you need alongside native and exotic seedlings, fruit and veg starters, and full grown trees. The prices are also lower than most bigger nurseries and there’s an on-site café for injecting caffeine into your botanical excursion. The Flower Power at Enfield may have a pet store and bird aviary, but head to the Mascot outpost for regular terrarium and succulent workshops as well as info sessions on how to care for your flora mates.

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3. My Plants and Garden Centre

Shopping Darlinghurst

This tiny shop front on a corner opposite the National Art School packs a lot of lush greenery into very limited space. The savvy use of footpath and tight interior serve to demonstrate just how much jungle you can fit into inner-city abodes and it’s hard to resist wanting to replicate the store’s set-up in your bedroom. The range of indoor and outdoor plants is extensive, but curated, and the personable service makes this a confident purchase point for tentative gardeners without a garden. It’s also perfect for last minute gifts, with tasteful ceramic pots and a focus on low-fuss indoor leaves.

4. Garden Life

Shopping St Peters

On the posher end of the neighbourhood nursery scale, Garden Life is all about landscaping with an aesthetic edge. The pots, water features and ornamental accoutrements here are beautiful and, if you can afford it, you could be sashaying through an IRL lifestyle magazine shoot in your own home. It's the perfect place to pick up that camera-ready monstera deliciosa for the corner of the lounge room or find a cool antique brass planter for that plastic-clad cactus you’ve been ignoring in your yard. Garden Life also has design and installation services so you can skip the hard yakka and pay them to stylishly spiff up your garden without lifting a thumb.

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5. Annandale Garden Centre

Shopping Annandale

This cute block of greenery in the tiny urban village of Annandale has been supplying locals with plant smarts and goods since 1980. Head to this garden centre for a huge range of indoor and outdoor plants and a variety of endangered and rare species from around the country. They've also been featured on a Catalyst episode about the importance of bees, so you know they know their stuff.

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6. Sydney Wildflower Nursery

Shopping Heathcote

Though Heathcote is stretching it in terms of ‘Sydney’, this May Gibbs wonderland is worth a potter around if you’re ever in the area. The grounds of this native plant purveyor have an enchanted bush vibe and it’s the perfect place to pick up some wattle, kangaroo paw or banksia and start building the Snugglepot and Cuddlepie habitat of your dreams. The Sydney Wildflower folk also specialise in bush foods and can give you advice on growing native ingredients at home

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7. Butterfly Blooms Garden Centre

Shopping St Peters

This nursery’s cartoon butterfly adorned walls are hard to miss if you’re driving through St Peters, and beyond the mascot’s euphoric glare lies a thriving selection of flowering pots, seedlings and healthy full-grown plants. Butterfly Blooms is a family run business and the staff boast over 30 years of experience in advising the plant lovers of Sydney. It’s also only an eight-minute walk from Sydenham Station, so if you’re car-less this is a great place to pick up a transportable succulent or bonsai from their extensive range and carry it home on the train.

Tim's garden centre
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8. Tim’s Garden Centre

Shopping Prospect

If you're not local to Campbelltown, Tim’s is worth the drive for entertainment alone. This nursery has a resident pig statue that sits out the front and shares its thoughts on a giant sign for passers by to enjoy. Tim Pickles is the ‘Tim’ of this horticultural marketplace and he plies the public with his own specialty magic potting mix and even has a signature breed of fruit fly resistant tomato you can nab seedlings of. Plants come in great batch deals (four native seedlings for $20) and the selections are divided into zones for perusing with ease.

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9. Newtown Garden Market

Shopping Newtown

This tiny pocket of a nursery shows that size doesn't matter when it comes to quality. Newtown Garden Market embrace their truncated size and even proudly display the tagline "little oasis in a big city" on their website to prove it. Smaller is better in this instance because the plant display here gets a more overgrown and lush quality, like shopping in a pocket jungle. There are plants over your head, plants below you, and plants joyfully popping out of the walls at you compelling you to take them home. 

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10. Honeysuckle Garden

Shopping Prospect

Located in both Bondi Junction and Mosman, the Honeysuckle nurseries are certainly doing something right as they collect as many industry awards as they have plants. The business has been running in some incarnation since 1977 so you know you’re in good hands when enquiring about the longevity of your new green acquisition. They have a great range of species and a section with the most chic ‘luxury hoses’ we’ve ever encountered. 

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11. Eden Gardens

Attractions Parks and gardens Macquarie Park

Eden Gardens is a nursery, florist, café, family play area and sculpture park spread over several hectares. The fenced play area features a beehive cubby house, and the display gardens feature waterfalls, archways and bridges. A popular venue for weddings and events, Eden Gardens offers services for green thumbs including a plant doctor, backyard briefing, plant ID check-ups and soil testing. They host workshops on topics such as flower arranging, terrariums and kokodamas, and an annual sculpture show.

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